Definition of abkari in English:


Pronunciation /abˈkɑːri/


  • In India: the production and sale of distilled alcoholic drinks; the duty levied on this. Also used allusively with reference to the system of managing the sale of alcohol solely through certain licensed contractors.


Late 18th century. From Urdu āb-kārī and its etymon Persian āb-kārī distillery, tax on the manufacture or sale of spirituous liquors from āb-kār distiller, wine merchant, cup-bearer (from āb water (from the same Indo-European base as Avestan ap, Sanskrit ap, Early Irish ab river) + -kār, suffix forming agent nouns; ultimately from the same Indo-European base as Avestan kar-, Sanskrit kṛ- to make, produce) + -ī, suffix forming abstract nouns.